Advice for President Elect Obama on enabling green business
Max’s advice for March 2, 2009
Dear President Obama,
Max grew up as the son of a man who knew ‘ALL’ the answers to the problems of the world. Max father said so! Many times, his father let everyone know that anyone who didn’t know that he had the answers was a turkey or a knucklehead.
The famous MA Bell, the second most powerful force in the world (next to God of course), thought so much of Max father’s opinions, that the made him ‘Supervisor of Troubles’. This is true!
The advice Max promised you President Obama.
Encourage big businesses to form alliances with small green businesses.
Max likes the idea of a green industry with tens of thousands of entreprenaurs working on making the world a more livable place. Max has been in small business and knows first hand the limitations on people’s dreams.
State, county, town and school districts all look to new businesses with an eye to capturing their capital through taxes and fees. Added to this the new small business has the added burden of coming up with the funds to pay federal taxes and social security on each new employee they hire.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe that people should pay a fair share of the taxes needed to run a nation, state, county and city/town. But in this or any economic downturn, new businesses with the potential of putting people to work quickly need a break until such time as money is coming in. New businesses are often financed not by banks, but from family and friends with money that has already been taxed.
Mr. President, what Max is proposing is that the government gives a credit to small businesses which enter the green energy field and partner with utility companies to provide a portion of the green energy needed to remove the carbon requirements of these companies. This may also be a way of creating an incentive for large utilities to reduce carbon trading requirements with minimal cost.
In every state there is an existing grid which is used to transfer energy from power plants to the cities of that state. If located in or near each of these cities some of the elements of a smart grid could be put in place, small green businesses could link into the local grid to put house and business size systems online. By creating a mini grid of each city it could create enough isolation for the cities to prevent or reduce the impact of major outages.
The idea would be to get small businesses to invest in additional private sector jobs in every city. Though the impact in one city would be small, across the nation it would be large. By tying small businesses with the existing energy providers it creates a smoother transition from carbon based power to mixed production based systems.
Transmision line could be run along existing power right of ways to allow rural areas to be served in ways that isolated one rural area from another during power failures. Again this would make the country safer as a whole. Eventually rural areas could become the net providers of electrical capacity providing extra income in rural areas.
Max wishes you well in all your efforts to save the environment.
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Link one id the EPA list of companies using 100% green energy.
Link two cost information on home installation.
Link three is to the current carbon trading exchange.